1 JN. 4.1-6 Testing the Spirits V.doc
Intro: 1980 Rosie Ruiz 1st women to finish the grueling 26 mile / Boston Marathon /Sweaty & tired looking / Later found out she cheated A.) Looking one day at the classified section of the Statesman Journal newspaper When an Ad caught my eye/ only one like it / it read . . . Doing time "at the Oregon State Pen, but not much longer. I am 6', 190 lb., 41 in excellent shape and interested in meeting a woman of understanding and substance!B.) Thought this is Interesting - guy doing time - not sure why but some felony committed / ( to be honest my 1st thought was skeptical) 1.) If I had a daughter 25yrs - came and said, "Dad, I want to meet this guy"
Wait! You need to look into this more ( Research & really Pray )
Here in 1 John chpt. 4 - John writing to the church as a Father and is encouraging them to do just that ! V. 1-6
Four high school boys arrived late to their morning to class They entered the classroom and sadly told their teacher they were late due to a flat tire. The sym teacher smiled and told them it was too bad they were late because they had missed a test that morning.
But then she said that she was willing to let them make it up She gave them each a piece of paper and a pencil and sent them to the four corners of the room. Then she told them they would pass if they could answer just one question: Which tire was flat???
B) This lady was sharp she wasnít going to be taken in by some sad story but she tested it to see if these things were so !
D.) Same is true spiritually - it is important to test what we hear or read as to whether it is truth or error! Prove it to see if it is truth or error!
1st Test the content : Specifically what are they saying about Jesus! V.2,3
I read a Gallup poll published not to long ago which surprised me. It said Over 80% of the people in Our country claim to believe in Jesus Christ.
A) But here is the Question Do 80% of Americans really have a saving faith in Jesus Christ?Aa) Are 80% of your neighbors/ co-workers/ acquaintances headed for heaven? I doubt it!B.) You see, even though many are talking about Jesus Christ, claim to be interested in Jesus Christ, or even say they have a relationship with Jesus Christ,
C.) There is the Lord Jesus Christ of the modernist. Who says "Jesus was not really born of a virgin - that's just a piece of Hebrew mythology" 1.) They also say- He didn't perform miracles either Consider the feeding of the 5, 000. According to the modernist, what really happened was this: it was the custom of the day, people kept their lunches in the sleeves of their clothes / big / and everyone was hiding their lunch so they wouldn't have to share with their neighbors. But when one little boy stepped forward and said I '11 share - they said - Isn't that sweet? And everyone took out their lunches and shared. That is how the 5000 were fed !
The Jesus of the modernist denies the Deity of Christ by seeking to come up w/ a logical or scientific explanation for the Miracles / Not our Jesus
Nor is He the Jesus Christ of the Jehovah's Witness. The Jesus of the Jehovah's Witness is actually Michael the archangel.
B) Thus the Jesus Christ of the Jehovah Witness is not our Jesus Christ C) Nor is HE the Jesus Christ of the Christian Scientist, who simply holds Him up as a Divine Ideal.
Nor is our Lord Jesus Christ of the Jesus Christ of the Mormon, who teaches that Jesus Christ was the offspring of Adam, God and Mary
B) The more you study the teachings of Mormonism, the more you realize their Jesus Christ is not our Lord Jesus ChristC) Nor is our Lord Jesus Christ the Jesus Christ of the New Ager who says,Christ is everywhere! 1) He's in you He's in me. He's the Divine spark who just needs to be fanned through contemplation and meditationD) The Jesus Christ of the New Ager is a crystal Christ/ While our Jesus Christ is the Rock of Ages!
And That is the problem with the teachings of other religions - they denyDeity of Christ/ That Jesus was God in flesh'A.) But Jesus is reduced to a god - or angel Some kind of " Christ Consciousness
C) So the first test - Do they teach that Jesus in God in the flesh! Come to redeem man? If not - error! 2nd test: How the World receives them ! V.5 They are of the world -therefore they speak as of the world and world hears them!A.) You could say There is a certain degree of political correctness "about them! Know How push the right buttons
B) A man who owned a city's newspaper had 3 sons. He offered ownership of the paper to the son who could write the most sensational headline of only 3 words. 1) The first son's headline was, "Reagan Turns Communist." The second son came up this: "Khomeini Becomes Christian."C) But the third son inherited the newspaper when his headline was submitted. It had only two words,"Pope Elopes."D) Now That is how it is w/ False teachers they know how to push the right buttons to /say the right things to appeal to who they are talking to !
1) They know how to Appeal to mans needs Or emotions/tell what want to hear! 2 Tim 4:3,4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.( Sad profile of the American Public )
False teachers are often smooth in their talk/ good at telling people what they want to hear!/ Make it sound just right
A.) Like the Health, wealth and prosperity/ If you give to my ministry - God bless you 10 fold",
C) If they really believed in the "seed faith principle " ( Give a gift or plant a seed you will be blessed ten fold ) Really believed I'll you to 10,000 1.)Instead they live - luxuriously homes, fancy cars, All in name of gospel!D.) And people do give / that is a Popular teaching -because it is appealing to the the flesh ! (People want to be healthy and Rich )E.) Yet in Phil.- Paul said "I lay aside all things - whatever gain to me that ~ may know Him and power of His Rez/and the fellowship of His suffering conformed to His death!"F.)You Don't hear about Fellowship of His suffering or that kind of talk - in these circles! - "You are not supposed to suffer "(suffering is a bad hair day! ) Another area where false teachers and religions appeal to man's flesh isin idea - man needs to do something! /A.) Follow a standard! Keep a code Rules and regulations/ that is appealing to my flesh as well B)Some want To be able to Say like E F. Hutton concerning their salvation - - "I was saved old fashion way - I earned it" 1.) that is appealing! - I changed myself - I changed my life! Found it !
Bb) Like the Little train that could / positive mental attitude/ Sad but There is going to be Positive people who will go to hell / Down there going itís not hot!C.) Bible declares that Jesus did for man what He couldn't do for Himself! 1.) Man - broke 10 commandments/ standard, / separated from God /Penalty/ wages of sin is death / but that Jesus paid price .D) But a lot of men donít like that - free ticket - just believe in Jesus - I don't think so! There must be something I need to do ?
So 2nd test John gives ( watch how the world receives them !) / Those who are false teachers - speak as the world - world hears them!
3rd thing v.6 - Those who are not of God do not hear the Word of God!
Aa) When John says they donít hear us / referring to Teaching /sharing Word !A.) False teachers Either reject what the bible says altogether or they seek to change what Bible says in order to fit their theology:B) So the Mormons have Book of Mormon - J.W. Watchtower and other groups have their writings - why? 1.) So they can "clarify 'and contradict the teachings of the Word!C.) For centuries "Scholars have rejected the Bible and have sought to explain it away! Voltaire declared the bible was on the way out
D) Consider reliability - 1500 years, 40 authors, 3 languages, 3 continents - all points to Jesus
E.) Rather centuries before He appeared, promises were given concerningHim , reason?/ NO doubt! / Chosen one Messiah - Savior of humanityMicah 5 - told us where He would be born / in Bethlehem - written over 700 years before the event!Isaiah chapt 7 - way He would be born of Virgin over 600 yearsDaniel - How come into the Holy City - Dan 9 over 500 years< to the day Zech 11 - Betrayed by a friend & sold for 30 pieces of silver not 28 or 13 but 30 and that the silver would be cast down on floor in temple - used to buy a potter s fields over 400 years before birthDavid - Psalm 22 - kind of death he would die - over 900 years
Question: What is the statistical possibility that these 8 prophecies couldbe fulfilled by one person?A.) In his excellent book , 'science speaks - author Peter Stoner works it out sayspossibilities 1/10 to the 27th power ~
C.) Over and over again the Bible continues to prove it's reliability /and those who are true believers believe the Word/ that it is the infallible Word of God!
So John gives us this Warning / test or prove the spirits / test the teachings
She almost missed the Plane / She was a young pretty girl who was living in So. Calif. But was heading home to the mid west to visit her father
1) She coped w/ her fear of flying by talking & she talked a lot !
Now here is what is interesting to me / so typical / the conversation turned toward heaven . / Pastor asked her do you think you are going there!
Because I am a good person - was her reply .
Perhaps you are here today never made a commitment to Jesus ! Believed the truth
Profess Christ Again ! God / the way / Your Lord give Him your heart / you wonít be disappointed !